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March 25, 2005

Youth Bureau Will Award Mini Grants for Middle School Recreation Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau announces a mini-grant program to support projects or initiatives that provide recreational programming for middle school age youth.

According to Kathleen Fenlon, director of the youth bureau, the mini-grants provide an opportunity for community organizations to implement "time-limited projects and initiatives which do not normally occur, that will encourage middle school age youth to pursue similar activities in the future."

Projects should take place during hours that school is not in session. Not-for-profit organizations, including agencies, schools, and libraries may apply for funding. Examples of eligible activities could include taking a group on an overnight camping, fishing, hiking or canoeing trip; working with youth to plan a summer community event or seasonal activity, or teaching a group a new skill such as snowshoeing.

"Mini-grants have proven to be a successful way to engage different community partners to work together to meet the needs of children and families," said Fenlon. "The Youth Bureau board of directors set aside some funding for mini-grants in their 2005 budget."

Projects or initiatives must be completed by the end of 2005 and must provide a direct service to children and families residing in Oswego County. Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis until the funds are fully obligated.

Three bidder's conferences have been scheduled in the Youth Bureau conference room at 70 Bunner St., Oswego:

  • Monday, April 4, at 9 a.m.
  • Monday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m.; and
  • Wednesday, April 6, at 4 p.m.

Those interested are encouraged to attend one of the bidder's conferences. For a mini-grant application package, or for more information, contact Brian Chetney at the youth bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.

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